Union Square Hospitality Group CEO and unstoppable restaurateur Danny Meyer recently paid a visit to José Andrés as a guest speaker for the DC chef's new food class at George Washington University. In his lecture, Meyer shares his wisdom on the importance of hospitality and his own experience getting started in the business. Meyer also explains that while the food industry has changed and grown dramatically over recent years, humanity has always been about using food to make life better as "this is what makes the world go round if you're a human being."
Meyer also talks about how he likes to watch people while they're eating (sometimes under the cover of darkness at Blue Smoke's jazz club), how restaurants play a role in shaping neighborhoods and why Shake Shack went into the Middle East. Andrés — whom Meyer refers to multiple times as "the pope" — finishes out the class to urge his students to think differently about the food industry as part of the global economy. Here, go watch, all 86 minutes of it:
Video: GWU José Andrés Class: Class 2, Food as an Industry